Sounds like: Classic-sounding prog rock; compare to Pink Floyd, King Crimson

Top tracks: "Fly from Here - We Can Fly," "The Man You Always Wanted Me to Be," "Hour Of Need"

For the band's 20th album, Yes has again gone through a number of changes. They have a new lead singer in Benoit David, and a reconfigured lineup with only one founding member of the group, bassist Chris Squire. Here, the prog rock titans are exhibiting an unabashed spiritual side that has only cropped up fitfully through their 30-plus-year history. Along with the rippling guitar and keyboard lines and head-scratching time signatures, they are now devoting the entire six-part album-opening suite to a metaphorical exploration of weathering the storm clouds of life to find peace and acceptance. It's a welcome addition that intensifies and emboldens this new full-length in a surprisingly affecting fashion.

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Fly from Here
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July 12, 2011
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Frontiers Records
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